July 02, 2021
As pet parents, we all do our best to make our pets’ lives as healthy and happy as possible. Taking on the responsibility of putting them on the right diet, ensuring they get enough exercise, keeping up with grooming needs and so on, while also juggling your own schedules can be dizzyingly busy. As we chase our ‘to-do’ lists, we often forget to do the one thing that our dogs want the most–spending time with them!
When was the last time you put your phone aside, pressed pause on all the deadlines chasing one another in your mind and just enjoyed a good, old-fashioned game with your dog? Dogs love spending time with their people and it’s key to creating a strong bond with them.
A classic dog toy is the rope toy. As you’ve probably guessed, these are made with rope–some could be cotton rope while others are soft, jersey material. Many dog rope toys now have additional features like a ball fixed on to the rope and rope toys for puppy have teething rings attached!
Despite years of domestication, some innate instincts from your dog’s wolfie past are still in play. For example, if they see an animal run, they chase (as they would prey). For the same reason, squeaky toys will have your pet’s full attention at even the hint of a squeak.
When it comes to tug-of-war with rope toys, there are a couple of theories on why dogs like it. One says that wolves and wild dogs would also prey on small animals that hid in burrows. Getting their prey out of these spots would need skills that are similar to pulling and tugging.
Some behaviourists also believe that playing tug with a rope toy is rooted in collaborative play and is a way of building trust between members of a pack. Playing tug for fun (without getting competitive or aggressive) is a great way to bond with your dog.
Besides playing tug or fetch, some dogs enjoy just chewing and gnawing at the rope toys. They often try to undo the knots on the toys. As they gnaw and tug at the toy with their teeth, the strands of rope scrape off plaque from their canines. This helps to make their teeth a little bit cleaner and improve their dental hygiene.
At Heads Up For Tails, we’re always trying to bring you a wide variety of toys, so you can always find something that your pet enjoys! Here are a few fun options from our current collection:
Besides making a lot of fun possible, rope toys are incredibly easy to keep clean. All you have to do is give them a wash every now and then. Do take a little time out of everyday just to play with your pet. It makes for a lovely break even on a busy day and is relaxing for both of you.
Toys for dogs are widely varied and go beyond just rope toys - from plush toys, to chew toys, interactive toys, toys that squeak and so on. Every dog is different, so they each have their own favourite toys and games. If you haven’t figured out what your dog likes yet, keep an assortment of toys in the toy box and try out each one in turn.
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